When Wanty-Groupe Gobert made its Tour de France debut in 2017, its nine riders were also first-timers. It played its troublemaker role to perfection, lighting up the race with every time that the course was favourable to breakaways, especially during the first week, with men such as Yoann Offredo and Frederik Backaert, whose background as a cyclist and farmer made him a media sensation. The team's other attraction is cyclist-philosopher Guillaume Martin, holder of a degree from the University of Nanterre, who tapped his physical potential to finish 23rd in his first Tour de France and third in stage 8 to Les Rousses.
The Walloon team managed by Jean-François Bourlart is in its eleventh season of existence. Its first, in 2008, under the moniker Verandas Willems, a third division team, preceded the squad’s accession to Pro Continental level in 2011. Collectively, it won the 2016 Europe Tour ahead of Direct Énergie and Cofidis, and it repeated the exploit in 2017. It got a World Tour triumph in 2016 when Enrico Gasparotto claimed the Amstel Gold Race three weeks after the tragic death of Antoine Demoitié in Gent–Wevelgem.
Since the cessation of activity at the end of 2013 of his team Vacansoleil, which participated three times in the Tour de France (from 2011 to 2013) without winning a stage, sporting director Hilaire Van der Schueren has been busy with Wanty-Groupe Gobert. He is a dinosaur in the profession: he started as assistant to Guillaume Driessens (one of Eddy Merckx's sporting directors) and then Jan Raas in the mid-1980s. He represents the other media attraction of the Belgian squad, sometimes to the point of caricature.
Overall wins: 0
Stage wins: 0
Secondary classification wins: 0
Yellow jerseys: 0
3: the number of Belgian teams in the 2018 Tour de France, with Wanty-Groupe Gobert joining Quick-Step Floors and Lotto–Soudal like in 2017.
27 March 2016: Antoine Demoitié dies following an accident in Gent–Wevelgem.
17 April 2016: .Enrico Gasparotto wins the Amstel Gold Race in the colours of Wanty-Groupe Gobert
8 July 2017: Guillaume Martin becomes the first Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider to finish in the top 3 of a Tour de France stage at the end of stage 8 to Les Rousses.
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